Storm preparation is a big deal in Louisiana, especially when it comes to our pets. At Agees Pet Crematorium, we have spent some social media time sharing information about good preparedness techniques, and we hope it has helped. It is hard to anticipate all of the problems we can encounter, but sometimes a little bit of planning, can make a huge difference when the storm comes or even after it has come.
Many of us in Louisiana have experienced the trials of dealing with the aftermath of a flood, and I want to share some of my personal advice for pet parents.
The most important think you can due if possible is to leave your pet somewhere safe that has not flooded until your home is pet friendly again.
My personal flood experience began with documenting and accessing all of the damage. This is awful because you relive memories as you walk through the mud and muck. It is not easy physically or emotionally to get through this first step, but we learned a lot along the way.
We learned a lot of tricks along the way to help us and our pets get through it. One of the tricks involved newspapers. We laid them in a path through our home and it allowed us to walk without slipping and it also extended the life of our shoes too. This newspaper path also give your pet a little protection from the dirt, even though the dirt can be fun to jump in. The next one involved a small tub of water. We kept a tub of clean water to wash our pet’s paws. We tried our very best to not let them drink this tub or any flood water because it was full of chemicals and other dangerous stuff. The next thing we got was a battery operated fan. Because there was no power, it really was a relief not only for us but also for my pets. Lastly, we made sure that our pets had updated shots combined with mosquito, flea & tick and roach spray. There were a lot of bugs crawling, jumping, and flying around and these products helped keep them at bay.
There is a lot of clean up and demo after a home has been flooded. Sheetrock, carpets, furniture and everything else destroyed, has to be removed. If you have your pet with you during this stage, make sure that you protect him/her from stepping on nails, splinters, glass and other demo debris. Unfortunately, dogs and cats do not have work boots, so their paws can be hurt by the flood demo debris. After you are back home, be cautious for several weeks or even months and keep cleaning your pet’s paws and body as frequently as possible. Food chemicals and contaminants that were in the water are absorbed by the dirt and will be in the soil until cleansed by several rain falls.
But, the most important things that I took away from my flood experience is that I have friends and family and the unconditional love of my pets. I am so proud of all of the rescue groups and shelters that used their preparation plans and jumped into action and avoided an even greater disaster.
Finally, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, please let us know, if we cannot help, we can connect you to a groups and/ or clinics that can provide various services during your temporary relocation.